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Post by JR on 16th February 2009, 23:34

We are going to Eastern Transvaal this weekend (20 to 22 Feb) with Hazyview as base. Will be staying at Krugerpark Lodge and plan to leave around 13:00 on Friday. Lots of accommodation in and around Hazyview.........

anybody interested is welcome to tag along.........not a lot of structure, just a nice informal fun weekend of riding and relaxing.
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Post by GSlady on 17th February 2009, 09:00

Sounds great - Enjoy!
And be careful?!

Committed to home renovations, Kyalami and Loftus this weekend . . . sounds good too, doesn't it?
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Post by Marnus on 17th February 2009, 09:44

And PLEASE leave some bends in the roads for us... pig
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Post by Wahl on 17th February 2009, 11:51

I'm in but found accomodation only at Hazyview Cabanas
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Post by JR on 17th February 2009, 15:00

cheers cheers cheers most welcome Wahl.

We will be dining out Friday evening, have an outride Saturday morning with a (pancake) breakfast en route, relax for the rest of the day and have a communal braai the afternoon/evening at our place.



........any other takers Wink
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Post by KnopKop on 17th February 2009, 15:10

I would have loved to join, but I don't feel like waiting at every trun untill all you oaks catch up with me Razz Razz Razz Razz

But, alas, I will be in Heidelberg watching some Off-Road Racing, Enduroworld X-Country Event.

But I would have liked to tag along on my stof-donkie lol!

You guys must have a GREAT trip and be safe !!!!!


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Post by JR on 17th February 2009, 15:31

jy is darem baie dapper so oor 'n afstand..... Laughing Laughing Laughing

Sharkie wrote:I would have loved to join, but I don't feel like waiting at every trun untill all you oaks catch up with me Razz Razz Razz Razz...........

nah, the waiting thing is part of the fun and you get used to it.......I know Wink
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Post by DeonP on 17th February 2009, 21:37

Sounds like an awesome weekend - my favourite place !
Wish I could join you guys but already have plans.
Have a great time and take lots of pics !
ENJOY !


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Post by Chris on 18th February 2009, 08:51

Would have loved to join, but I'm only back on Friday evening! Sad Crying or Very sad affraid
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Post by Crome on 18th February 2009, 17:09

Ai tog, dis nie fair nie. Lyk nie of ek gaan maak nie.

Het my klein ding die naweek.
Jammer, ons ET trips is altyd die beste, maar dis bietjie kort kennis gewing om nou my relings te verander.

Eish, hoop julle geniet dit en dink maar aan my daar in paradys Sad
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Post by JR on 19th February 2009, 22:37

een slapie.........and I'm without a bike Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad well not totally but minus a Beemer.........looooooong story - don't even ask

let's see what tomorrow will bring ??????????

otherwise it's me and the Blade which is not half bad but I was so looking forward.........aagh never mind
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Post by Wahl on 19th February 2009, 22:39

Ag nee !!
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Post by DaveS on 19th February 2009, 23:41

No - don't tell me it's that invoicing problem!!

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Post by JR on 19th February 2009, 23:50

far worse..........
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Post by DaveS on 19th February 2009, 23:57

sh1t!!!

.....I think I know who wanted it!!!

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Post by JR on 20th February 2009, 00:25

no, the dreaded R word...............





R E C A L L !!!

Motorrad SA halted all sales of K1300's (S, R and GT) in the country (apparantly under instruction from Germany)......actually they grounded all 1300's, demos included. The funny thing is, the rest of the world knows nothing about a potential problem????

Since Friday last week they made invoicing impossible and yesterday they informed all dealers not to deliver any 1300 until Germany responds to a potential problem which they undertook to do within 24hrs. Today the 24hrs turned to 48 hrs.

No word as yet of what it is all about and at this hour I have had confirmation from California, Dublin, Londen, Austria and Spain...........nobody knows anything about any problem nor are deliveries affected elsewhere.
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Post by DaveS on 20th February 2009, 01:03

...wonder if they are delaying for a 'launch' date????

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Post by Marnus on 20th February 2009, 14:28

I think they are holding them back because the K1300S gives the rider immediate super powers, such as ability to defy gravity, elude the authorities and making guys drool / ladies' knees weak Twisted Evil

Ag, they are probably just holding them back until they have been tamed with rev limiters and governing chips tongue

I hope it gets sorted out soon!
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Post by JR on 21st February 2009, 01:39

sorted........don't know what or why as they certainly did not do anything to my bike scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch

By hook or by crook my bike and I are both in ET. We did not travel together nor did we arrived at the same time but…………

WE ARE HERE TOGETHER AND THAT IS WHAT COUNT
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Post by DaveS on 21st February 2009, 11:22

enjoy - and ride safe.

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Post by Crome on 21st February 2009, 22:51

Soooooooo, hoe was die ride vandag??? Details, foto's...kom kom...
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Post by JR on 22nd February 2009, 06:03

ek kan aan 'n paar woorde dink: paradys, ongelooflik, fantasties en, en en...............

maar heelaas, nie een is beskrywend genoeg nie Wink

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Post by JR on 22nd February 2009, 23:19

All back safe after a wonderful trip……..and how can it not be. I mean what more can one expect from a weekend……….to be with family and friends in paradise with good food, bikes (fast ones) and some relaxing.

Very indifferent start to the trip though. Evil or Very Mad

We actually scheduled this trip around the arrival of the new K1300S but as you might have seen from earlier posts in this thread, on Wednesday last week Germany and or BMW Motorrad SA grounded all new 1300’s in SA – K, R and GT – with the promise that within 24 hrs (which turned 48 hrs) they would inform all concerned as to what and why. Approaching Friday (no answers yet) and realizing this thing is going south, I started changing travel arrangements by getting my other bike ready for the trip (amongst others fitting a new rear at 11:00 on Friday). We delayed the final decision to the last possible minute and at 12:30 I decided the Blade it will (must) be….all hype out of the window but we had made all the arrangements and we are going ahead. Three of us left home at 13:00 to meet Wahl en route. As a result of classes, our youngest boy was to leave later with a car, his bike on a trailer and the rest of the crew.

At Millys there was a message on my phone saying the K1300’s had been released and are good to be ridden………………….?????????? Rolling Eyes
Not a word on why and what???????? They have not done ANYTHING to my bike since the grounding order so the problem (if there ever was any) must have mysteriously fixed itself from Wednesday morning to Friday afternoon. ??????

Somewhat cynical for me to say but I sincerely hope there was really something wrong (although nobody seems to know what) and that this was not some big time corporate BS. Be it as it may it left a rather sour taste with me…….not necessarily the potential problem but to be kept totally in the dark…………….. and I don’t particularly fancy to be played like a puppet and as it happened, a very uninformed one Evil or Very Mad



Decision time at Millys………do I turn back to go and fetch the new bike and face riding to ET in the dark? do I just forget about the new bike for the weekend? or do I ask our son to turn back, off load his bike, load the new bike, reload his bike and let them driving in the dark to ET……the later it was……they arrived (safely) at 22:00

given the above, please excuse me if the 1300 appears in a lot of pics. Very Happy

Very nice ride to Hazyview and for the record the Blade just proofed once more what an exceptional machine it is………in it’s element in superbike country cheers

due to circumstances beyond our control we had more bikes available than riders with the trusty Hondas well represented Cool

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ready to depart Saturday morning..........high expectations and excitement in the air

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the ladies had there own agenda for the day so it was a men only outride

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it doesn’t often happen that I have both my bikes at the same time in biking paradise Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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first stop Saturday

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as Wahl said elsewhere, it was a wonderful day for riding

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my friend and my two (trusted) riding companions cheers cheers cheers

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breakfast in Graskop……ain’t that a very classy selection of bikes? pirat

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bike in the forest

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restaurant must have been full………they started seating people on the roof Wink

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drinks stop

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I have the (nasty) habit of cleaning my bike after every ride……even on a trip Embarassed . so I figure……new clean bike needs a special parking allocation Twisted Evil

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exceptional bike parked next to an extraordinary tree

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What do I think about the 1300?............................


Wow, wow and wow

Power is noticeable up on the already monstrous K12 with an extra 136cc, 6kw and 10nm torque. The ESAII is something very special. Far more exact settings than ESA. In principle the suspension determines the load on the bike first when you select a certain setting or if you like, it weighs you first. In terms of handling it’s the best I have ever ridden before and even on the notorious “22” which is superbike territory by nature, it excels with distinction.

what I don’t like………….

the single side switchgear





sincere thanks to all who made this a very special weekend cheers
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Post by DaveS on 23rd February 2009, 08:47

Looks like it was eventually a great weekend - glad the new bike exceeds your expectations.

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Post by KnopKop on 23rd February 2009, 09:24

Very Very Very NICE !!!!!!!!!


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